While we started this blog during our own sabbaticals, there are many librarians that have taken or will take one in the future. It is our intention to include as many voices as possible. Please consider submitting a guest post proposal.

mkh_smallMerinda Kaye Hensley :: I am an associate professor and digital scholarship liaison and instruction librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and I was awarded tenure in 2016. I am currently part of the team in our Scholarly Commons, a digital scholarship center that serves the emerging research and technology needs of scholars in data services, digital humanities, digitization, and scholarly communication. I also teach, coordinate and provide leadership for the Savvy Researcher, an open workshop series addressing advanced research and information management needs of graduate students and faculty. I have taught LIS 590AE: Information Literacy and Instruction and Practice at the Illinois iSchool. I am active in ACRL and am chair of the Instruction Section (2017-2018). I also served as chair of the Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee where I led the development of a recent white paper, Global Perspectives on Information Literacy. I started the Digital Scholarship Centers Interest Group in 2015 and I served on the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force that wrote the ACRL Framework. I enjoy presenting on my research: exploring the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy, creating research support services for undergraduate research programs, and improving teaching skills of new librarians through the development of instructional design skills. I am the co-editor of two recent ACRL volumes: Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication and Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies & Best Practices (summer 2017). Learn more about me

headshot-sabblogMaura Smale :: I’m Chief Librarian and Professor at the Ursula C. Schwerin Library, New York City College of Technology (City Tech) in the City University of New York, where I work with library faculty and staff to empower and support the City Tech community in their academic pursuits. I’m also a member of the faculty in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy at the CUNY Graduate Center. I was Project Director for the U.S. Department of Education Title V grant-funded project A Living Laboratory and Co-Director of the City Tech OpenLab, an open digital platform for teaching, learning, and collaboration. I’m a member of the Steering Committee of the CUNY Games Network, a group of CUNY faculty, staff, and graduate students exploring game-based learning in higher education. My background in anthropology, archaeology, and library/information science is brought together in a multi-campus study of the scholarly habits of undergraduates at CUNY, with Mariana Regalado of Brooklyn College. My other research interests include undergraduate academic culture, critical librarianship, educational technologies, and game-based learning. I blog for ACRLog.org and tweet at @mauraweb.

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